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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. Some people have been posting favourite poems on Facebook today. I posted 1914:The Soldier If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. This so, for me, sums up WWI, I also came across this one today, The Mother If you should die, think only this of me In that still quietness where is space for thought, Where parting, loss and bloodshed shall not be, And men may rest themselves and dream of nought: That in some place a mystic mile away One whom you loved has drained the bitter cup Till there is nought to drink; has faced the day Once more, and now, has raised the standard up. And think, my son, with eyes grown clear and dry She lives as though for ever in your sight, Loving the things you loved, with heart aglow For country, honour, truth, traditions high, —Proud that you paid their price. (And if some night Her heart should break—well, lad, you will not know. By May Herschel-Clark (written after reading Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier'.
  2. Karen.d's Reading List 2018

    Karen, I received A Map of Days in the post today and I can confirm that Jacob and friends are in the fourth book, although from the blurb it looks like it is going off on a different tangent.
  3. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Watched Only The Brave last night, based on real life fire fighters in Arizona...great film!
  4. Janet's Log - Stardate 2018

    I loved Eleanor, I think there is a little bit of her in all of us. I have found it hard getting into other books since though!
  5. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    A friend and I watched this at the cinema when it came out years ago...the scene where he is posing on the bed naked with the laptop in fromt of him, we nearly wet ourselves laughing!
  6. Chaliepud's Reading 2018

    Happy New Year to everyone! I'll be keeping my lists simple this year and trying to keep on top of them better than I did last year, hopefully the Round Robin challenge will help a little in that respect. As always I will endeavour to keep my TBR at a reasonable size (I really got carried away in 2017 which was great fun but silly considering how little time I have to read!) I do hope everyone has a great reading year along with being healthy, happy prosperous etc etc!
  7. Your Book Activity - February 2018

    Finished Still Me by Jojo Moyes (loved it) and now starting The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
  8. What's Up in January 2018

    Yep, fed up with this weather too, not helped by having a dog that loves muddy puddles and the ponds!! Thankfully we have booked to meet Steve in Dubai for half term with the kids so looking forward to a bit of sunshine! ☀️
  9. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thanks @Ben, my second Steinbeck nomination, good job one of my resolutions is to read more classics this year. Very pleased to see yourself and maybe @frankie will be reading Human Traces, still one of the best books I have ever read!
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Watched the second Kingsman film, The Golden Circle, not a patch on the first film and goodness knows what they were thinking putting Elton John in it!
  11. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thanks @Ben for your challenge to read 11.22.63. I’ve been putting this off for too long due to its size, but no more! My Dad will be pleased too as he is a big King fan and had always been a little disappointed that I’ve only read one of his books. (Under the Dome).
  12. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    I haven’t read your review too closely as I bought the book yesterday, at Windsor Waterstones, but it is good to see you enjoyed it, hopefully I’ll get to it soon!
  13. What's Up in January 2018

    I hope everyone is having a week, it’s cold and dreary here but the daffodils are poking through so that gives me a glimmer of hope that Spring isn’t too far away! Obviously we have been pretty sad over the loss of our old dog but we are coming out the other side now and thinking of all the good times we had with him, of which there were plenty! I had had a nice catch up with my best friend in Windsor today with a nice lunch in Bills and of course the obligatory trip to Waterstones. I did buy three new books, not because I needed them but because they make me feel happy!
  14. Janet's Log - Stardate 2018

    Did you not do Guildford? I thought I remembered you saying you had been there?
  15. Janet's Log - Stardate 2018

    You’ll need to create your own Waterstones thread with all the piccies and reviews in it!! Have you been to the Kingston one in the Bentalls Centre? It’s not a nice building but the shop itself is large and well stocked.
  16. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Hi Ben, welcome to the party! I would like to challenge you to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, one of my favourites of the last couple of years.
  17. Janet's Log - Stardate 2018

    Hi Janet, the Amsterdam one is ok but not amazing and please don’t get excited about the Woking one! If you come to the Camberley one let me know and I’ll take you for coffee! Likewise the Windsor or Guildford ones, neither are too far from me. Woking is pretty close too but I don’t go there out of choice! Oh, and I think Bracknell may have one in their new shopping centre too!
  18. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Maybe stop it at 10 people? It’s not too bad for me as I’m not expecting to read many of the books I have challenged others to read, in fact I have read a fair few already, but it will be harder for those of you that are reading both.
  19. Starting to read

    Why don’t you try another John Green book? Paper Towns was a very good read.
  20. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thank you, frankie...I’ve been putting off the Steinbecks, I think I’m wary that none of them can match up to Of Mice and Men, it’s now time to find out!
  21. BCF Book Awards 2017

    Happy Christmas and end of the BCF year everyone! I always look forward to this post and getting some good recommendations for new reads. (Before I set myself a New Years resolution to not buy any new books in 2018! Ha! That normally lasts a month at most... So here we go!! I'll be back to do mine later. Favourite read? Favourite author? Most read author? Favourite book cover? Book you abandoned (if there was more than one, the one you read least of)? Book that most disappointed you?
 Funniest book?
 Favourite literary character? 
Favourite children's book?
 Favourite classic?
 Favourite non-fiction book?
 Favourite biography?
 Favourite collection of short stories? 
Favourite poetry collection?
 Favourite illustrated book?
 Favourite publisher?
 Favourite audiobook? Favourite re-read?
  22. What's Up in January 2018

    A really sad start to 2018 for my little family; we lost our old dog, Obi, today, aged 14 years and 2 months. He was a truly special boy, he didn't like many people but those he did like, he LOVED! He was hard work at times which meant we had to work hard with him, this only increased our bond further. He was loyal to the end and was still following me up and down stairs out of sheer determination and love this morning. He will be so so missed.
  23. What's the weather like?

    A loud and stormy night here, high winds, rain and hail from Storm Eleanor, I dread to think what it was like further north and west!
  24. Ian's reading list 2018

    Happy New Year Ian, I hope you read as many 5* books in 2018 as you did in 2017.
  25. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Happy 2018 Alexander!
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